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|Thursday, December 12th, 2013|
|Things I have just played from my phone having forgotten how good they are
Barry Andrews - Win A Night Out With A Well Known Paranoic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnQprSZHsf0
(bizarrely, when Annie Nightingale did a Sunday night request show as part of Radio 1's 40th anniversary she said she couldn't find a copy - as noted in my LJ at a time, she should have asked me)
Barry Andrews - Rossmore Road http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEODh7VjaWA
- I recall from the sleeve notes of the album that BA describes it as an uninflected song about a place i.e. I assume he means it's just about the place, not using 'place' to draw some wider point about life, love, badgers etc. In this it, of course, cannot help but fail. And of course on top of this is overlaid my own recollection of hearing it on Thameside Radio. Small boys, illegal FM transmitters for goal-posts, isn't it? Hmm?
|Thursday, December 5th, 2013|
|Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013|
|The polls have closed
So, disappointingly few of you were prepared to vote on who would you rather have sex with, Tony Blair or Rupert Murdoch. I was surprised that 100% of those voting went for Tone.
50% of those voting said they do know what pampas grass in a garden signifies, and with the exception of cleanskies's correct answer of 'bad taste' everyone said 'swingers' which was my understanding. Lots of things on the web claim it's a myth but I can find nothing definitive either way. Anyway, I imagine that, as with everything, people use the Internet these days.
|Sunday, December 1st, 2013|
|NaNuBloMo being over, I gratefully put my clothes back on
1. Is it me or does the BBC News Channel theme get slightly more sinister every time they revamp it? The version since they moved to Broadcasting House and Meejah, where the couterpoint comes up in the mix has a particular 'gathering storm' vibe to it.
2. There is a rabbit living in one of the clumps of bushes off the main road. Usually you only see mixie bunnies on their way out, but we have seen this one twice and it looks quite well. More importantly, Alex has seen it so he is very interested in the bushes as we go past them. I am not sure that this will end well for the bunny (not because of Alex, just because of it being so close to all the houses). But then [FX: end of Blade Runner] things never end well for rabbits. [FX: Harrison Ford voice over labouring the point].
3. It is not clear to me why greyhounds think that 'bark wildly at something you would like to chase' is a good strategy (or why it evolved, or whatever).
4. I am convinced that it is not a coincidence that the road through the time centre has its new holes in it on the same side of the road as the bit that is barriered off because it is weak because of the underground river. There is also a certain sort of 'saggy' aspect to it. I would put good odds on the road collapsing into the river before they get round to fixing it.
5. Also, I am convinced that the placing of 'diversion' signs at road junctions in Oxfordshire is just done at random to confuse people. Many major junctions have them with the arrows pointing in a random direction, leading one to think 'hmm, a diversion from where to where?'.
6. If I were the Oxford bus company I am not sure I would use slogans like 'We're LEZ ready' for the low emission zone. I suppose it is better than 'Oxford is LEZzing up'.
7. Have run 8 1/2 miles today, the furthest for approx 6 months. Felt surprisingly / unsurprisingly tired. Also did the Parkrun yesterday in under 26 minutes for the first time since my first injury (I was going to say the dog-unrelated one but they were both dog related, though in the 2nd case it was more 'my stupidity related').
|Next matter arising question
This poll is closed.
Open to: All
, detailed results viewable to: All
, participants: 12
I am aware of the alleged significance of a house having pampas grass in its front garden
And that significance is?
|Saturday, November 30th, 2013|
|Exit, pursued by a...
Having posted that question about jock-straps (and more significantly having looked at the ones for sale on Amazon) I am now being pursued round the Internet by them.
|Thursday, November 28th, 2013|
I think according to directive 666 we don't need a cut by this stage...
I liked it more than I was expecting, and quite a lot, really. Nicely po-mo in places, something there for everyone, and a fine hammy performance by the master himself. No, not The Master, the master.
I assume that the view of the hive mind is that Hurt was a stand-in for Eccleston. If so, I think it was a big win, Eccleston + Smith + Tennant + Piper would have been deeply irksome, whereas I thought Hurt was excellent. Maybe they could bring him back for a special. I have long thought that Who would be improved by having the occasional hiatus between incarnations where the actor is new every week.
"You are the new Doctor Who"
"I am not a Who, I am a free (wo)man"
I was pleased to see Billie Piper doing a better job of being 'Rose' than she managed in the Tennant finale group-hug-fest.
So, when did Manic-Dream-Pixie-Transfinite-Fridge-Gir
l qualify as a teacher? There was nothing on the sign for Coal Hill School suggesting it had become a free school, and therefore able to employ unqualified teachers - though in the interests of social satire I would have thought it would at least have been an academy. I am informed by pmcray (whom God preserve) that Ian Chesterton is younger than Willian Russell, so could, presumably be chair of the governors. Should have had John Nathan-Turner as the name of the headmaster, though, obviously.
I couldn't help thinking at various points that various scenes were set up for 3D.
I am thrilled that the Time War is over ("don't mention the Time War"), though I can see that a search for Gallfirey could be tedious ("it's behind you!").
There were a number of points when I half-expected they were going to burst into song, and where it would have worked, I think, and fitted in with the tone of the whole thing.
One last time, with feeling....
"But it's the pelvic thrust, that really drives you in-sa-aa-a-a-a-ane
Let's do the Time War again"
|Wednesday, November 27th, 2013|
|Colombo Boxed Set
On GMail I am being offered...
USA Soccer Scholarships
Modern Warehouse Facility
Color Vibe (TM) 5K run (all over the USA (*))
Easter holiday breaks in Norfolk
Christmas sailing holiday
(*) they seem to colour you with stuff... from the FAQ...
What is the color made of?
The magical color powder we use is custom manufactured and produced right here in the United States. It is made from food grade quality cornstarch using an advanced manufacturing process that has been custom developed for the Color Vibe Race Series. It is non-toxic, is 100% safe, and also biodegradable. As with any substance, you will want to keep it out of your eyes and lungs. If you are overly sensitive, you may want to wear glasses or goggles for your eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for your mouth. (This is especially recommended for our younger runners/walkers)
|Tuesday, November 26th, 2013|
|Buying US products
Has anyone tried / heard about people trying one of these sites that orders things for you in the U.S. and ships them to you, i.e. if the vendor only ships to the UK?
Asking for a friend / colleague.
|Wednesday, November 20th, 2013|
|Monday, November 18th, 2013|
(not safe for vegetarians)
The strangest food bank related website you will see today 'Share the harvest' http://www.sharedeer.org/
Deer should avoid clicking on the 'get involved' button.
(via Mr Yorksranter)
|Sunday, November 17th, 2013|
The new detective series coming to ITV1 'Ruskin and Pubes'...
The general feeling seems to be that it's a myth, I infer, for example...http://kulturindustrie.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/ruskin-pubic-hair.html
"But Ruskin told his parents in a letter that he had undergraduate acquaintances at Oxford whose drawers were full of "pictures of naked bawds" – presumably unclipped ones. And the Victorian painter William Etty (see above) did pictures which presented the female form in fully unshorn form. So the pubic hair thesis, if not quite untenable, is rather less than convincing."
|Friday, November 15th, 2013|
|Unexpected weasel in bagging area
OK, I am at peace with the fact that it is going to be the bloody Time War.
I guess Paul McGann is the Pete Best of Doctors Who.
I am invoking the special sub-clause of Directive 666 that by this stage anyone wishing not to be spoiled for anything Who related will have removed their eyes with a spork, and therefore things need not be cut...
I am informed by pmcray that the names of companions referred to by McGann!Who are ones that he has had in non-TV based Who media. Does this mean that a great recategorisation is taking place as we speak about what is canon and how canon? - I sort of imagine Whodom has a sort of 8 circles of canon, with TV being level 1 and working its way down through spin-offs of spin-offs until you end up at [REDACTED] at level 8.
[REDACTED] as in 'actually, no I am not going to say that because someone will ego-google for [REDACTED] and then I will end up having a half-hearted on-line argument with them about my snark'.
|Thursday, November 14th, 2013|
|Tuesday, November 12th, 2013|
|Sunday, November 10th, 2013|
|Inexplicably I didn't post this to LJ
May have tweeted it, certainly I emailed A WINOLJ
The East German equivalent of Pan's People but usually with fewer clothes, Fernsehballett (the video is from ORB and may be after reunification) dressed as hares dance to Venus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIHXkaQKzOo
And here they are at the beginning of Ein Kessel Buntes - the East German TV variety show and to my mind equivalent of Seaside Special http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79MTcHBvfyQ
(the countdown at the beginning is a thing of, er, thingness)
And a bit of nostalgia for previous spying and bugging scandals - Leon Rosselson's 'Ballad of a Spycatcher', his precis of Spycatcher by Peter Wright http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP7vFG4XfmU
"Did it save us from the Russians, did it keep this country free? Did it keep this country green and pleasant? Did it, buggery" (1987) (I have / had the single somewhere)
|Tortuous idea for comedy sketch (requires CGI)
Rather than the prank call being Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand calling Andrew Sachs, it is Davros (see what I did there?) and Russell Brand calling Doctor Who (William Hartnell regeneration) with Davros not Jonathan Ross shouting 'he fucked your grand-daughter'.